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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Brett C. Plyler, M.D.(Northwestern Memorial Hospital)
Description: This book is part of the Concise Guides series and focuses on the principles and ideas of psychodynamic psychotherapy.
Purpose: This is an updated introduction to the concepts and techniques of psychodynamic psychotherapy.
Audience: The book is intended to educate the beginning therapist.
Features: It briefly reviews a wide variety of psychodynamic topics including patient evaluation, resistance, defenses, transference, countertransference, dreams, and termination issues. It also examines brief, intermittent, and long-term psychotherapy. It is pocket-sized for easy carrying.
Assessment: This book is limited in its usefulness. It provides too much detail to be particularly useful to medical students unless they have a specific interest in psychodynamic psychotherapy. Though it is well written and has informative clinical examples, it is too brief for residents or clinicians starting psychotherapy training. It may be helpful initially, but I believe most would find that they will quickly need more information and discussion of difficult topics. The references provide titles for further reading but I feel it would be better to purchase a more thorough text to start.